UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski

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UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
UFN 51 event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 13, 2014 (2014-09-13)
VenueGinásio Nilson Nelson
CityBrasília, Brazil
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Mousasi UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2 UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson

UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2 (also known as UFC Fight Night 51) was a mixed martial arts event held on September 13, 2014, at Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasília, Brazil.[2]


The event in Brasília was the first that the organization hosted in the Brazilian capital city.[2]

The event was headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Antônio Silva and Andrei Arlovski.[3] Their first fight at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery ended in a unanimous decision victory for Silva.

Mike Rhodes was expected to face Paulo Thiago at the event. However, Rhodes was forced out of the bout due to injury, and was briefly replaced by returning veteran Joe Riggs.[4] On July 29, it was announced that Riggs had to pull out of the bout due to a gun accident with non-life-threatening injuries in his house.[5] On the same day Sean Spencer replaced Riggs as Thiago's new opponent.[6]

Sérgio Moraes was expected to face Santiago Ponzinibbio at the event. However, Moraes pulled out of the bout citing a lingering knee injury.[7] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Wendell Oliveira.[8]

Valérie Létourneau was expected to face Jéssica Andrade at the event. However, Létourneau pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer and former Jungle Fight women's bantamweight champion Larissa Pacheco.[9]

Promotional newcomer Łukasz Sajewski was expected to make his debut at the event against Leonardo Santos. Sajewski was removed from the card and Santos faced Efrain Escudero. While Escudero's initial opponent Francisco Trinaldo faced Leandro Silva.[10]


Main card (UFC Fight Pass)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski def. Antônio Silva KO (punches) 1 2:59
Lightweight Gleison Tibau def. Piotr Hallmann Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Leonardo Santos def. Efrain Escudero Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Wendell Oliveira TKO (punches) 1 1:20
Bantamweight Iuri Alcântara def. Russell Doane Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Bantamweight Jéssica Andrade def. Larissa Pacheco Submission (guillotine choke) 1 4:33
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Featherweight Godofredo Pepey def. Dashon Johnson Submission (triangle armbar) 1 4:29
Welterweight George Sullivan def. Igor Araújo KO (punches) 2 2:31
Lightweight Francisco Trinaldo def. Leandro Silva Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Sean Spencer def. Paulo Thiago Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Rani Yahya def. Johnny Bedford Submission (kimura) 2 2:04


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[12]

  • Fight of the Night: Gleison Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann ^
  • Performance of the Night: Andrei Arlovski and Godofredo Pepey

^ Bonus winner Piotr Hallmann had his award rescinded after testing positive for drostanolone during his post fight drug screening.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (September 13, 2013). "UFC Fight Night 51 draws reported 8,822 attendance". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Matt Erickson and John Morgan (June 1, 2014). "UFC Fight Night 51 official for Sept. 13 in Brasilia, Brazil". mmajunkie.com.
  3. ^ Staff (June 3, 2014). "Report: Andrei Arlovski meets 'Bigfoot' Silva at UFC fight Night 51 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com.
  4. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-07-24). "Joe Riggs among latest additions to UFC Fight Night 51 card in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  5. ^ Steven Marrocco and Dan Stupp (2014-07-29). "Joe Riggs out of UFC Fight Night 51 after injury from accidental shooting". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  6. ^ Staff (2014-07-29). "With Joe Riggs out, Sean Spencer meets Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  7. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-08-07). "Joelho volta a incomodar e tira Serginho Moraes do UFC em Brasília (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  8. ^ Staff (2014-08-10). "Wendell Oliveira Replaces Moraes, Faces Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night Brasilia". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  9. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-08-18). "Jungle Fight champion Larissa Pacheco replaces injured Valerie Letourneau at UFC Fight Night 51". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-08-28). "Leonardo Santos vs. Efrain Escudero, Francisco Trinaldo vs. Leandro Silva now set for UFC Fight Night 51". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Arlovski". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 51 bonuses: Arlovski, Pepey, Tibau and Hallmann win $50,000 bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. September 13, 2014.
  13. ^ Staff (October 6, 2014). "'Fight of the Night' winner Piotr Hallmann fails UFC Fight Night 51 drug test". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014.